Wednesday, June 10, 2015 purpose for the attic

After several months of back and forth with the historical commission, we finally have permission to turn our attic into livable space. Here are two inspiration pictures of what I am hoping the space will look like when finished.

....and here's my attic in its current state.

We are not allowed to change the roof line of our bungalow, and we are not allowed to put any windows in the side of the attic that faces the street. We are allowed to put a dormer on the back of the house, and we are allowed to put skylights in that will not be able to be seen from the street. We are hoping there is about 600 square feet of usable space up there, in which we want to create a master bath and bedroom. The project will be pretty invasive, as our plumbing, electrical and ducting currently runs every which way throughout the attic. We have to move all of our stuff out of the house. Tyler and I and our pets will be moving to our garage loft for the construction phase. We are hoping to start in September, and I'm going to spend the next few weeks documenting how the rooms in my house look today before construction commences. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

#440...Connie's Abstract Painting

My client Connie fell in love with the vivid colors in the above painting by Gerhard Richter. It is really huge, and sold a few years ago at auction for 21 million euro. You can read about it here. Connie asked me to paint her something in the style and coloring of this painting. My piece below is done with palette knife and brush in acrylic on a 4ft wide x 3ft wide gallery wrap canvas.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

#439...sarah's guest room


My client Sarah inherited two art pieces done by a deceased cousin that she wanted to incorporate into her guest room. The red rocks painting, and buffalo painting served as style inspiration and directed the colors of the room. The larger red rocks painting got framed and hung over the new headboard. The smaller buffalo piece went on a side wall and I found a photo of a tree printed on burlap that I paired with it. I sewed the Euro shams on the bed from a textured throw blanket. I also made the cover for the round side table from two woven table runners. Everything else I shopped for at Home Decorators, Home Goods, Ikea, Tuesday Morning, Aaron Brothers and a local thrift store.

Friday, May 1, 2015

#438...2939 at the backyard

My sister Sarah (29), and my cousin Marie (39) share a birthday, so last Saturday on their joint birthday we had a shindig in the backyard to celebrate. We set up the yard and cabana similar to how we arranged it for Tyler's 40th birthday last fall. This was a more intimate party, and I only snapped a few photos before I joined in on the eating and drinking.

Monday, April 20, 2015

#437...wool felt state pillows

I recently helped my sister Sarah construct these canvas backed wool felt state pillows. She wanted to make them to give as gifts. We blanket-stitched a heart onto specific cities on each state. We had fun making them, and are thinking of making some to sell at a local craft market this upcoming fall.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#436...persian rug in the kitchen

Over the year's I've tried a lot of different rugs in my kitchen. Recently, I moved the rug from under my dining table (see it here) into the kitchen and I've been liking it so far. It is a vintage Persian that I got several years ago from It is easy to vacuum, lays flat, and does not move around when people and dogs run through the room. 
I'm hoping to enact some dramatic ceiling and glass front cabinet changes in this room toward the end of this year, so I thought I'd go ahead and document the kitchen as it looks today.

Friday, March 13, 2015

#435...plate hanging

I have a client who wanted a gallery wall of plates hung in her dining room. She really liked the idea of floating plates without a traditional metal plate hanger, so we had to get creative. I had a failed first attempt with Duco cement that resulted in broken plates and a nice floor gash. I ended up using expanding Gorilla Glue, paper clips, and Gorilla Tape (see below photo). It's holding so far.